Elop space cameras start transmitting from Israel reconnaissance satellite

REHOVOT, Israel, 20 June 2007. The Israeli OFEQ-7 satellite is transmitting high-quality images from onboard digital cameras produced by Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Elop Ltd. in Rehovot, Israel, company officials announced.

The specific mission of the Elop cameras on OFEQ-7 is classified, yet Elop's space systems can perform remote sensing, earth and agricultural resources monitoring, astronomy, and other, security-related tasks.

The OFEQ-7 satellite, launched 11 June, is an Israeli intelligence asset for war contingencies. Joining the 5-year old OFEQ-5 satellite, the new platform fills the gap in coverage of distant high-priority areas in the Middle East, including Iran.

The integration of Elop cameras in OFEQ-7 builds on previous space applications of Elop digital cameras. The OFEQ-3 camera, launched in 1995, has operated since its launch, as have Elop cameras aboard the OFEQ-5 satellite, which was launched in 2002.

Elop's space cameras and telescopes are used in several commercial programs, such as the EROS A and B programs and Kompsat2, as an overall payload developed and produced for the Korean space Agency (KARI).

Elop is also the designer and builder of the space super-spectral camera in the Venus program to be delivered in 2008 to the French Space Agency (CNES). For more information contact Elop online at www.el-op.com.

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